God’s Performance . . . Really?
At first the headline seemed amusing: “Public Policy Poll: God Commands 52% Approval.” This was in response to the question: “If God exists, do you approve or disapprove of its performance?” Aside from the pitiful attempt at political correctness by referring to God as “it,” the notion that we can dare to comment on God’s performance reveals a boldness in the human spirit that often crosses the boundary into arrogance.
I’ve no doubt the survey was intended as fodder for a lighthearted article. I get it! But an approval survey on God’s performance implies, if not equality with God, at least a consumer relationship with the Almighty, as if we are somehow entitled to evaluate him like we would a merchant or service provider. Yes, we in America have so much cheek we feel entitled to voice our opinion on almost everything, and apparently that now includes God’s performance. It’s dangerous ground for mortals.
The Bible story of Job is about a man nearly destroyed by Satan through terrible loss and suffering. In the story we clearly see that God allowed Satan to harm Job. Naturally, Job (no privy to God’s motives) begins to question God’s actions, maybe even God’s character.
In Job 40:8 (The Message) God responds to Job: “Do you presume to tell me what I’m doing wrong? . . .”
God has big shoulders and a thick skin, so I doubt an occasional survey of his performance is likely to send him back into the smiting business. Even so, we should tread lightly here.
Instead of evaluating God’s performance, I think it would have been way more revealing to take a survey of how we perceive God would evaluate OUR performance. Sadly, the authors of the PPP survey of God’s performance don’t seem to get it. That is, the current state of affairs is not a reflection on God’s performance; it’s a reflection of ours.
Anyhow, if you ask me God doesn’t require our approval, but he does cherish our love and respect.